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Ardis Marion (née Anderson) Graham was born in Buffalo, MN at home and in a snowstorm, on May 24,1925.  She was the youngest of 5 children born to Arthur and Mayme (Engel) Anderson.

Ardis grew up in Cokato, along with her sisters Laverne, Leone, Fern “Fizz”, and brother Myron.  After a brief courtship she married the love of her life, Daniel Graham.  In 1946 they moved to Dan’s hometown of Waverly, where Ardis made her home for 65 years.  They were blessed with 3 children , Dana (Jim) Belisle, Catherine “Birdie” (Kim)Jackson, and Dan (Maureen) Graham.  Ardis loved her role as the banker’s wife, and was known as one of Waverly’s great cooks.  The last 10 years of her life were spent in an independent senior living apartment, Folkestone of Wayzata.  With the help of Hospice, family and other caretakers, she died peacefully in her home on December 11,  2023.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, grandchildren Carrie(Dharma) Cole, Sarah(Chris) Ashbach, Michael (Sarah) Jackson, Jason (Lisa) Graham, Jacqueline (Neil) Jones, Andrew Graham and Daniel Graham III, great grandchildren Aria Cole, Reagan, Jackson, Johnathan and Estella Ashbach, Lucia and Elizabeth Jackson, Logan, Adam and Isaac Graham, and Evie Jones.

Funeral is Saturday, December 16th, 2023.  Visitation at 9 am, service at 10:30 am followed by a luncheon, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.


9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Teresa Graham

    Thank you, Aunt Artie, for your enduring friendship. You have been such a special person in my life for all my life. I will miss you dearly, but will treasure our memories. With love and gratitude, Teresa

  2. Tim Graham

    May you rest in peace, thanks for all the wonderful memories and great meals! I will miss our weekly chats, and I feel blessed to have had you in our family! Love always, Tim

  3. Mark Graham, Jr. and Laneta Dorflinger, Thomas and Anne Graham, Cary, North Carolina.

    Artie: Last Graham Guardian of the Greatest Generation.

    With much love and admiration!

    Mark Graham, Jr. and Laneta Dorflinger, Thomas and Anne Graham, Cary, North Carolina.

  4. Lindi Bost Anderson

    Condolences, Birdie & family on the passing of your mom Artie. She was a strong & capable midwestern woman. I remember going to your parents’ home on the lake in Wavery during the Watergate trial. Artie was glued to the TV. Love to you.

  5. Teresa Graham

    Thank you, Artie, for enriching my life. I will miss you dearly, but know you will be welcomed by Dan and so many family and friends. Rest well with the angels. With love, Teresa

  6. Melissa Eckman

    To the Graham family. I send my deepest condolences for your loss. May she rest in peace.

  7. Melissa Eckman

    My deepest condolences to the Graham family . May she rest in peace!🙏🏼

  8. Les Dalchow

    We were neighbors to Dan and Ardis in Waverly. They were wonderful to us. You all have our sympathy and love.

  9. Aria Cole

    I will miss the trips to MN to visit grandma Artie. She was always amazingly kind. I hope her spirit has found peace.


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